Saturday, December 19, 2015

"Mandrake The Magician" Gestures Hypnotically

Sneak Peek "Mandrake The Magician", the inspiration for Marvel Comics "Doctor Strange", currently in development as a 'contemporary adventure' feature, based on creator Lee Falk's 1930's newspaper comic strip character:

Created in 1934, 'Mandrake' was an illusionist whose work was based on hypnotic technique. When Mandrake "...gestured hypnotically..." he could induce anyone to hallucinate.

In 1939, Columbia produced a 12-part "Mandrake the Magician" movie serial, starring Warren Hull as Mandrake and Al Kikume as his sidekick 'Lothar'.

NBC produced a "Mandrake" TV pilot in 1954, starring stage magician Coe Norton as Mandrake and Woody Strode ("Spartacus") as Lothar.

Actor Anthony Herrera starred in the 1979 TV movie "Mandrake" with Ji-Tu Cumbuka as Lothar.

In the animated TV series "Defenders of the Earth", Mandrake teamed up with fellow King Features characters 'Flash Gordon' and 'The Phantom'.

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